Sylvester Stallone made a surprise appearance at the Rocky Balboa statue outside of the Philadelphia Art Museum on Friday morning.

The Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney and lucky fans who happened to be there the same time as Stallone took photos, shook hands and got signed autographs with the star.

Kenney and Stallone were at the foot of a statue, which Stallone commissioned himself 35 years ago, to rededicate its plaque. Stallone tapped the statue a few times before turning around and doing the iconic Rocky pose. Fans watching began to chant  “Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!” Kenney also presented Stallone with a personalized Eagles jersey, following their first ever Superbowl win.

The last time Stallone was at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s famous steps for a formal appearance was in 2015, when Creed was released.

The actor has only been in Philadelphia for less than a week to film the sequel of Creed, however fans have been having Stallone sightings throughout the city.

Stallone is no stranger to the City of Brotherly Love, as it was the location of the Rocky trilogy. “It’s like I never left here,” he said to the crowd this morning. “I am Philly, Philly is me. My life began here, you know?”

Creed is a spin-off of the original Rocky trilogy which follows the son of Rocky’s best friend, Apollo Creed, as the novice fighter prepares for the fight of his life. Stallone reprises his role as Rocky Balboa and Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed. He assured fans that Creed II will be just as good as the first.

“Buckle your seatbelts,” Stallone said. “Because Michael B. Jordan is coming.”


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